New Hampshire Jobs
There are many different ways to find work in New Hampshire!
Job Search Sites
Several different job search websites are listed in the first table below. These sites help you search & apply for jobs, and also let you upload your resume so that companies can search for you. Most are fairly straight-forward, but if you have any questions, please contact the jobs coordinator.
Network With Fellow Porcupines
Go to the NH Jobs section of the FSP Discussion Forum and ask who knows something about the local job market in your field. Find good companies to work for, but more importantly, find the names and email addresses of supervisors and other people in a position to ask their company to hire people. It doesn't hurt to learn the name of the human resources manager, but bear this in mind: the purpose of HR people is to weed out applicants, not find to them. In an ideal world, the first time an HR person hears your name will be when a hiring manager comes to her and asks, "Can we get this person?" Also consider joining the email lists of the NH FSP group in your NH target area, or one of the FSP communities that shares your special interests (Edited note, actually, both of the above groups are pretty dormant right now so do not be surprised if no one gets back to you). Finally, the Liberty Forum and Porcupine Festival are great networking opportunities.
Post Your Resume on the FSP Discussion Forum
The NH Jobs forum also serves as a porcupine version of the regular job search sites. You can post your resume and browse help-wanted listings here, but it will be less heavily trafficked than the regular sites. This is a good place to look for odd jobs with titles like, "I'll pay a porcupine $30 to plow snow from my driveway in Manchester next storm." While handy, posting a resume here is not a substitute for the regular job search sites or networking with porcupines.
The second table below has links to the "career opportunities" pages of dozens of great New Hampshire companies. These links are also great places to start for researching companies to find a good fit for you.
Some of the best jobs never get posted anywhere, and people find them with cold calls. To make one, find a company you like and call to ask about work even if they don't have anything listed. Hiring managers usually recognize the need for a new person well before posting a job listing, and by making a cold call, you can beat the rush and come across as a go-getter at the same time. Again, it helps a lot if you can find the name of a potential hiring manager before calling, so you can talk to him or her instead of an HR person.
Job Hunting Tips for Newbies
Your first real job is often the hardest one to find. There are many great books out there to help, though - check out Amazon.com, search for "job hunting" and note which books have large numbers of 5-star reviews (such as, "The Unwritten Rules of the highly effective Job Search", "Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters", and "What Color is Your Parachute?"). Once you have book names you can buy online or find them at your local library or bookseller. Also, try Googling "conducting a job search" or "researching companies" to get started.
If you're not having much luck, try working with a NH recruiter - there's one listed as our last link on this page. Recruiters can be helpful with their behind-the-scenes contacts, but bear in mind that they earn their living by charging fees to the companies they supply, so companies are often able to pay less for people found through recruiters than for people found without them. Recruiters are an invaluable resource if you're stuck and new to the area, however. At the very least, talking to them about the state of the current local job market is usually helpful and free.
Job searching takes work, so keep at it constantly, consistently, and be patient. If you don't have a good resumé, see if you can get some help revising it for free through your local Unemployment Office, a recruiter, or a college Career Resources Office. The job market season tends to run from February through October, with the best month being March. September and October are good months, but opportunities tend to slow down with the onset of the winter holiday season in November. That's no excuse to slow down your search, though, because you want to be ready for opportunities when they do pop up.
NH Jobs Coordinator
Job Search Sites
|Indeed||Wicked awesome job search engine!||National|
|911HotJobs.com||Firefighter, EMT, Law Enforcement jobs||National|
|EdJobsNH.com||Education; job vacancy site of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association||New Hampshire|
|Employment Guide, NH||General||New Hampshire|
|JobsInNH.com||NH jobs; automatic email search alert tool||New Hampshire|
|JobsInLogistics.com||Distribution, manufacturing, logistics jobs||National|
|TheLadders.com||Six Figure Jobs for Sales, Finance, Marketing, Law, Technology, Operations & HR Executives||National|
|LawEnforcementJobs.com||Law Enforcement, Border Patrol||National|
FT, PT and contract openings for a number of fields, including IT.
Note that recruiters hit this site a lot, if you want to post a resume to be contacted about more leads than just those listed.
|School Spring||Education teaching and staff jobs||National|
|ThinkEnergyGroup.com||Engineering, power plant, energy & technical jobs||National|
|USAJobs||Federal jobs; automatic email search alert tool||National|
|BostonWorks.com||Boston metro area jobs for NH commuters||Massachusetts|
|Craig's List||Free job classifieds||National|
|Employment Spot||Search engine of data from many other job sites.||National|
|FunJobs.com||Adventure, outdoor & fun jobs||National|
|SimplyHired.com||Search engine of data from many other job sites.||National|
|Job-Applications.com||Find hundreds of online applications and printable job forms for large national chains||National|
|JobsInTheUS.com||The parent of JobsInNH.com, listing like pages for states on the NH border for folks willing to commute to work outside the state||NH, ME, MA, VT, CT, RI, NY|
|All Star Jobs||Offers employers and recruiters a great way to increase online exposure.||National|
|Job Application Center||Job application forms for major employers||National|
|BAE Systems||Nashua||Defense Contractor, IT, Electronics, Communications, Other|
|Coca-Cola||Manchester, Nashua, Richmond, Salem||Beverage Manufacturer & Distributor|
|Comcast Cable||Manchester||Cable TV & Communications|
|Dartmouth-Hitchcock||Colebrook, Concord, Keene, Lancaster, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua||Hospital|
|DEKA Research & Development||Manchester, NH||Medical R&D|
|Farm Design, Inc.||Hollis (west of Nashua)||Medical Product R & D|
|Fisher Scientific International||Hampton, Hudson, Portsmouth||Scientific & Healthcare Products & Services|
|Hypertherm||Hanover||Plasma Cutting Technology|
|Kollsman, Inc.||Merrimack||Medical, Aviation, & Military Manufacturing & R&D|
|Liberty Mutual||Dover, Portsmouth, various||Insurance|
|City of Manchester, NH||Application Tracking System for the City of Manchester||Local Government|
|Measured Progress||Dover||Educational Testing & Development|
|The Nature Conservancy||Various||Environmental Preservation|
|NH Fish and Game||Concord||Wildlife Resource Management|
|NH Office of Energy and Planning||Concord||Energy|
|Osram Sylvania||Hillsboro||Lighting Solutions|
|Profit Tools||Lee||Trucking Software|
|Raytheon||Amherst, Nashua, Manchester, Pelham||Defense Electronics|
|Scribe Software||Bedford||Software Solutions|
|Segway||Bedford||Robotic vehicles R&D & manufacturing|
|SiGARMS||Exeter||Firearms Manufacturing & Sales|
|Southern New Hampshire University||Manchester, various||College|
|State of New Hampshire Human Resources||Concord||State Government|
|Sturm, Ruger & Co.||Newport||Firearms Manufacturing & Sales|
|TradePoint Systems||Nashua||Software - International Trade|
|University of New Hampshire||Durham||College|
|URS Corporation||Concord, Salem||Engineering Design & Federal Contracting|
|Velcro USA||Manchester||Hook & Loop Fastener Technology|
|Fair Point||Concord, Manchester||Telecommunications|
|FSP Job Alert group on Facebook||An active group that uses FB status updates to share NH job postings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!||New Hampshire|
|Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau||Economic and job market information from New Hampshire Employment Security||New Hampshire|
|New Hampshire Employment Security||The Job Seeker Information page from NHES, including Job Match and employment links||New Hampshire|
|New Hampshire Union Leader||Get the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper in digital format||Manchester, NH|
|NH Works||The Workforce Opportunity Council, Inc.'s employment information and resource page||New Hampshire|
|Barclay Personnel||A placement firm in Bedford, NH||New Hampshire|
|Randstad||A placement firm in Bedford, NH.||National|
|Technical Needs||A placement firm for Engineering, Healthcare, Accounting and more. Offices in Lebanon and Salem, NH.||New England|
|Express Professionals||A placement firm. Offices in Manchester, Somersworth and Hampton, NH.||New England|